Winter Talk 2017
January 30 – February 1
Brite Divinity School
Fort Worth, Texas

The forth annual Winter Talk is a three day conversation on the Christian Doctrine of Discovery (DOD) and its influence on Christian theology and polity, with an emphasis on the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) relationship with Indigenous tribes and peoples. Hosted by Landscape Mending, Yakama Christian Mission, and Brite Divinity School, Winter Talk is dedicated to furthering the conversation on the Christian Doctrine of Discovery and its dismantling.

Winter Talk is an important time for American Indians and non-Indians, to gather and eat, learn, and talk about the impact of the Christian Doctrine of Discovery. This is a space of accountability to American Indians where the Indian voice is the principle voice in an exploration of the past, an understanding of the present, and a visioning of the future.

2017 Speaker:
augustine-photoSarah Augustine: Sarah Augustine is the co-founder of Suriname Indigenous Health Fund, a private international charity. Sarah led a team of Indigenous and church leaders to draft the World Council of Churches (WCC) Statement on the Doctrine of Discovery and its enduring impact on Indigenous Peoples, which was adopted in 2012.  A member of the Seattle Mennonite Church, her life’s work involves research and mediation in the areas of racial justice and land justice.

Sarah Augustine speaks internationally at academic, religious, and civil society venues on the topics of international human rights, Indigenous Peoples’ land rights, and the Doctrine of Discovery. Having over 20 years experience working in domestic and international human rights; Sarah received the United Nations Association award for human rights in 1994. On Mach 27, 2014, Sarah presented a case before the Organization of American States Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, in Washington, DC. She presented a petition on behalf of the Wayana people of Suriname, South America. This petition calls the Organization of American States humanaugustine2-photo rights mechanisms to hold the state of Suriname accountable to international human rights treaties to which it is a signatory.

Sarah , her husband Daniel, and her son Micah live on the Yakama Reservation in Washington State, where they ranch and raise natural grasses and beef.  Together they co-founded the Suriname Indigenous Health fund (SIHF), a private, international charity. .  Sarah has participated in the production of two independent, community-directed films documenting the situation of Indigenous communities in Suriname’s interior rainforest region: Indigenous Suriname, and The Dan Rather Reports aired a story based on Sarah and Daniel’s work in September 2012: Cost of Gold.  As well as the Mennonite documentary “The Doctrine of Discovery: In the Name of Christ

Past Speakers:
Lisa Dellinger-Chickasaw
Ron Gurley-Cherokee
David Bell-Scots
Richard Grounds-Euchee
Robert J. Miller-Eastern Shawnee

Flint Talk. Flint talks are 2 to 3 minutes to speak to any subject the speaker believes important to the wellbeing of the landscape and her people. Flint is known for its ability to be knapped and the sharp edged tools created, as well as sparks created when struck by steel. Flint Talks may be as sharp and bright as the speaker the likes. If time allows, conversation will arise from a flint talk or two.  If you are interested in presenting a Flint Talk, please indicate below…we would love to have your voice!

Winter Talk honors the season of winter. The harvest is long past and spring soon to come. Winter is a time to think, tell stories, and eat. Winter Talk is a moment to come together as community and talk, eat, create new relationships, and then talk some more, eat some more, and come to know our new relations. Join the people of our landscape, renew old relationships and create new ones!

If you are Disciples clergy, please be aware that Disciples Home Missions offers Educational Grants for Disciples Clergy. DHM begins accepting applications on September 1 and continue through October 31. Grants max out at $500. More information may be found at Scholarships.

You will find Registration below.  If you have any questions, please contact:
David Bell

Register securely online at  Winter Talk Registration (a small fee is added at checkout)
or fill out the contact form below, click “Submit,” and send  your payment to:
Between The Ridges
9000 Campbell Road
Toppenish, WA 98948

Country Inns & Suites Fort Worth West
Address: 2730 S Cherry Ln, Fort Worth, TX 76116
$85/night – 2 Queens
$71/night – 1 King
Phone:  (817) 560-4200

You must call the hotel to get the above rates and use the code below.
Reservation rates are only good until 1/15/17.

Code for room special: BLOCK CODE- 1701CHCDOC

Winter Talk Schedule (Final Schedule to be determined)
Monday, January 30
9:00 am Registration (coffee & tea)
10:00 Gathering, Welcome, Introductions
10:15 Acknowledging Sacred Space
10:45 Break
11:00 Review of Doctrine and the work of Landscape Mending
12:15pm Lunch and Conversation
1:30 Talk with Sarah Augustine
2:30 Break
2:45 Q & A with Sarah Augustine
3:45 Break
4:00 Flint Talks
5:00 Supper
6:30 Evening Talk: Community conversation
8:00 Blessing

Tuesday, January 31
8:45am Gathering (coffee & tea)
9:00 Welcoming the Sacred into Community
9:30 Morning conversation on 2017 DOC Resolution on DoD Repudiation
10:30 Break
11:00 Chapel Service: Sermon by Sarah Augustine
12:00pm Lunch and Panel conversation
1:30 Break
2:00 Talk with Sarah Augustine
3:00 Break
3:15  Q & A with Sarah Augustine
4:00  Small Group Conversation
5:00 Supper
6:00 Community Building
7:00 Talking Circle with Blue Eagle
8:00 Blessing

Wednesday, February 01
8:45am Gathering (coffee & tea)
9:00 Welcoming the Sacred into Community
9:15 Gift Giving: Honoring the gathered folk
10:15 Break
10:30 Blessing the movement of Sacred Space: Retrieving the Items of Home
11:30 Journey Home